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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Is Being Gutted Under Trump

Under Trump's USDA, buying organic may not mean what you think it does.

Gutting regulations is nothing new for the Trump administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is not immune. The USDA announced the decision in the spring to withdraw from the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule published on January 19, 2017. Withdrawal became effective on May 13, 2018. The rule sets production standards for organic livestock and poultry. It establishes “clear …

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Drought Conditions Threaten US Corn Crop, Farmers, Local Economies

This year's US corn crop is suffering, as are Corn Belt farmers, as a result of the unrelenting heat wave and lack of rainfall that's affecting much of America's heartland. The effects of the anomalous weather led the Agriculture Dept. to slash its estimate of US corn yields, which has sent corn futures prices surging higher.

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